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The Sky Is Falling!
This year's Leonid meteor storm will be one of the most impressive celestial displays you're likely to witness. Thousands of dust, ice, and rock particles will flash brilliant white as they bounce off or burn up in the upper atmosphere.
But there is plenty to see the rest of the year (and between meteors). NightWatch is a large-format, colorfully illustrated, and clearly explained guide to the night sky. It ranges from chapters on picking the right equipment for stargazing to complex charts of the major constellations. It tells you what things are up there and where to find them, which, given the fact that the earth keeps moving, is no easy trick.
Terence Dickinson has built a career as a successful science reporter, explaining the night sky to a generation of amateur astronomers. His strength is his gift to explain clearly and with an infectious passion.
This edition of NightWatch expands on the successful format of the first two (which have sold 275,000 copies) with new photographs and improved charts. And with its spiral binding, it is a practical guide to take out to the field with you.